Construction Updates – Iffley Road

Above: Architect’s rendering of the completed Indoor Sports Centre (Phase 1)

We thank you for your patience during our construction period and apologise for the inconvenience caused. 

We look forward to sharing our new facility with all users and will ensure that our existing facilities are maintained, however the access-routes to these areas will change during the build process. This page provides regular updates, whilst our blog provides an overview of our Phase 1 plans

These updates are also shared via our mailing list for members. If you are not registered on our mailing list and would like to receive updates, please email

The ‘initial site set-up phase’ map below shows the new access routes for the sports complex during our construction period. Reception has now move to the end of the sports hall corridor. Disabled users may use the newly-constructed ramp to access disabled car-park spaces and reception.


TEMPORARY WET CHANGE will remain in the same location until 30 Oct 2017

Construction and Cafe Provision, Sept 2017

Building works at Iffley Road continue as we strive to improve and enhance our services at Oxford University Sport.  Several complications have hindered progress and completion dates consequently remain fluid, however we are pleased to announce opening dates for the first two areas of construction:

New Reception area – will open on Monday 2 October but please note that access will be via the new trackside entrance until after the Christmas break.

Refurbished pool and male dry-side changing rooms – will be fully upgraded and accessed via the new Reception from Monday 30 October.

GLD Fitness/Classes Room and 2nd Sports Hall – are due for completion in the New Year and the new Café before Christmas.

Cafe Provision – As you may be aware, Café Sub 4 has come to the end of its tenure at Iffley Road and we would like to thank Nina and her family/team for their hard work and excellent service over the years.

We look forward to a new café operation, run by Compass Catering, opening shortly adjacent to the new Reception area.  The precise date is dependent upon building progress and will be confirmed as soon as available.

New-Build Adjustment, Nov 2016

Whilst Beard, our contractors, were carrying out demolition work on the site, they came across a protected species of newt. We have alerted the relevant authorities, who will ensure the newts are safely removed from the site. Whilst this action is being undertaken, work associated with the overall development is still in progress, with plans being adjusted to ensure that the relevant environmental issues can be accomodated-for. Permission has now been granted to commence work to the new sports hall which will start immediately.

 Week Commencing 26 Jun 2017 

The whole complex will be closed Mon 26 June 17 – Sun 02 July 2017. We thank members for their patience during the closure.

Week Commencing 12 Dec

Due to essential work required to proceed with the phase 1 redevelopment, we will lose heating for the pool from Mon 12 Dec for 5 days. We will increase the pool temperature throughout 10th/11th December to attempt to minimize disruption, however it is likely that the 14th, 15th and 16th will see a drop in temperature. Please call reception for daily updates.

As you will be aware, our construction project at Iffley Road includes refurbishment of the women’s wetside changing rooms.  We are extremely keen to ensure that the upgraded changing facilities will be available for use from September 2017 and, in order to speed up internal building works to meet this deadline, all wetside changing will be transferred to a new area during this week (originally Tuesday 06 December and subject to change).

During the upgrade, alternative changing, showering and toilet facilities of a high specification will be located on the area adjacent to the running track – between the bungalow and the pool.  The facilities will provide separate rooms for male and female swimmers and a passage will be created to allow direct access onto poolside.  Please ensure your membership card is up-to-date because access will be controlled by a swipe system. The cycle racks currently in the location will be moved to the concrete area running alongside the pool.

Week Commencing 05 Dec

The whole sports complex will close between 09:00 Thu 08 Dec and 16:00 Fri 09 Dec. During the preparation work for the construction of our new sports hall, our contractors have come across a utility issue that has to be addressed immediately. It is important to stress that this issue could have not been foreseen. During this time there will be no access to the sports complex except for Operational Staff and Contractors.

Week Commencing 21 Nov

Power shut downs will take place on Thursday 24 Nov and Monday 28 Nov. These are reactive measures due to the current supplies and the dates and times are set by SSE. Thursday 24 November – 08:30 to 12.30 in the swimming pool and wetside changing rooms. Monday 28 November – 08:00 to 14.00 in the all area except for the swimming pool and wetside changing rooms.

Mon 21 Nov – Weds 23 Nov (06:00 – 22:30) – Ramp adjacent to the rugby gates will be closed to resurface the tarmac. Disabled users are redirected to the main carpark.

Week Commencing 14 Nov

The track will be closed all day on Monday 14th Nov and will reopen at 12pm on Tuesday 15th Nov to allow for a large delivery.

The route for users to the swimming pool changing area will be moving to a temporary walkway out of the old reception entrance; please follow directional signage during this time.

Week Commencing 07 Nov

Relocation of the bike park will commence – with the facility relocating to the concrete path adjacent to the pool (previously known as the pool footpath). This will work on the side of the swimming pool to commence.

Week Commencing 26 Sep

Male wetside changing rooms will close from 06:00 on Thursday 29 Sept. New, temporary toilet and shower facilities will be available in the changing village.

Disabled wetside changing room will close from 06:00 on Thursday 29 Sept. New, temporary toilet and shower facilities will be available in the changing village.

The following construction work on the gas supply (Mon 26 Sep – Sun 02 Oct) has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances:

(Mon 26 Sep – Sun 02 Oct: The pool temperature will vary whilst contractors work on the gas supply to the main complex. The pool will remain open and pool temperatures will be displayed on a noticeboard on reception, and updated every 3 hours.) CANCELLED. NEW DATES TO FOLLOW.

Week Commencing 19 Sep

Tues 20 Sep: All dryside areas will be without power 09:15 – 14:00.

Week Commencing 12 Sep

Reception will be relocated to the end of the sports hall corridor – opposite the squash courts. Please see ‘initial site set-up map’ above.  All users of the main building will need to access the facilities via this new main entrance/reception.

Week Commencing 29 Aug

Male wetside changing rooms now only have one way in/out. The works on poolside are due to be completed this week.

Men’s dryside changing rooms will be closed from Tuesday 30 Aug; on this day, please use the athletics stand male changing rooms. The new dryside changing rooms will be relocated to the side of the athletics track (adjacent to the squash courts). These are now open, however we are providing temporary toilets on trackside due to a drainage issue, .

Women’s dryside changing rooms will close from 12pm onwards on Thursday 01 Sept, and open as usual the following morning (Friday 02 September).

Hallway between gyms and squash courts will be cleared for the new access-route to the centre.

Sports club storage will be relocated to the container adjacent to the athletics track.

Week Commencing 22 Aug

Temporary cycle park will be secured to the ground on Saturday 27 Aug.

Internal boarding for your safety during construction will be in place near the swimming pool.

Workmen in the swimming pool communal change for preparation work.

Sub4 cafe will be relocated to near where the new enterance will be on the car park side of the site boundaries (the ‘old’ carpark spaces that isn’t used as construction site).

Boarding-off’ of the construction area within the sports complex will completed.

New access routes to reception and external areas will remain in place throughout the construction process. Please follow all safety signage.

Week Commencing 15 Aug

New pathways to our premises will be in place, with boarding around the support site for the new construction.

New tarmac surface will be laid around the athletics track bend adjacent to the gyms. This will take 3-4 days. Please follow all safety signage.

Weds 17 Aug: Swimming pool will close 9am – 12pm. There will be limited facilities available throughout the entire sports complex due to essential work on electrics.

Week Commencing 08 Aug

The building site will be prepared – please keep an eye out for restricted access to paths or changes to entrances changing during the work (often for only 2 hour periods, due to preparatory work).

The bike park will be relocated to the athletics track, adjacent to the swimming pool.